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Tiny Fuel-Cell Can Keep Devices Charged For Weeks

By David Ponce

Batteries are great, but their own technology isn’t progressing as fast as the one they usually power. While smartphones are getting increasingly fast and small, batteries have pretty much plateaued. So that’s why we welcome solutions like the above pocket-sized fuel cell that is allegedly capable of charging an iPhone 10 to 14 times on a single cartridge of butane. We use the iPhone as a measuring stick here, but the device will use a USB connection so anything that uses that can be charged with it. The fact that it’s cartridge based means it can be taken with you in an airplane, so you might be able to make it through those long flights even if your seats don’t feature a plug. It’s made by Liliputian Systems but will be sold by Brookstone and labeled with that name. And we don’t really know for how much though we’re told they’ll be available “later this year.”

VIA [ CNet ]

Bracketron’s GreenZero Chargers Puts A Silver Bullet Through The Vampires

By David Ponce

Lord, that’s a terrible headline, but that’s the way I roll, baby! It looks like now that the term “vampire electronics” is gaining some traction in the minds of conscious gadget shoppers, more and more manufacturers are trying to make a buck off our fears of spending a few too many dollars on wasted electricity. Granted, it’s with little dollars that you make big ones, but I’m getting a little annoyed at the green veneer for profiteering. Anyway, back to the point, Bracketron’s GreenZero charger is pretty simple: it detects when your device is done charging and cuts off standby power. There. Money saved and now mother nature will hug you in your dreams.

It’s $23 and comes in iPhone and microUSB flavors. It’ll be unveiled at CES next week.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Cord-On-Board Case Solves Charging Issue Simply

By David Ponce

If you don’t mind adding a little bulk to your iPhone, the Cord-On-Board case from CaseInity could make it much easier to get through the day without running out of juice. It simply features a specially modified charging cord that snaps right into the case. It’s all out of sight until you need it. Of course, you’re going to need an actual USB port as there’s no room to carry the little square transformer but there are computers everywhere these days, so you’ll be fine. Just ask yourself: when was the last time you carried your charging cable everywhere with you? (Ok, mister backpack, we don’t mean you…) At $25 on pre-order on Kickstarter, the Cord-On-Board case looks simple and useful. But it’ll only be made if CaseInity reaches their $20,000 funding goal. And it’s for iPhone 4 and 4S only.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

The Duo And The Quattro Wall Outlets Integrate USB

By David Ponce

USB is quickly becoming a standard for charging electronics. But that interface is meant to be used on computers. So if you want to plug something into the mains, you need an adapter that accepts USB on one side and plugs into the outlet on the other. Looks at your iPhone and you’ll see what we mean. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The Duo and the Quattro outlets from Current Werks simply integrate the USB plugs right into their design. The Quattro is a dedicated USB charging station that delivers 22 Watts of power and features a slider that completely eliminates “Vampire Power”. The Duo is a combination USB and electric plug, and this one feeds 16 Watts into the USB port.

Currently on pre-order on the Current Werks website, the Duo is $25 while the Quattro is $40.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Treehugger ]

Roll Up Travel Charger

By David Ponce

This roll-up travel charger comes with one wall plug and four different charging tips: iPhone®, Mini USB, Micro USB, Samsung. Samsung?… Anyway, yes you can recharge up to four gadgets at once and although it looks like brown leather, it’s actually pleather. This does take away a little from its rugged Indiana Jones-y vibe but we don’t care because we won’t be buying this. We’ve been trying to determine the odds of ever being in a situation where four different devices with four different connector types need to be recharged simultaneously and the numbers don’t look good. Then again, we failed math so don’t take our word for it.

It’s $50.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Wired’s Gadget Lab ]

Curly iDevice Charging Cable: Someone Had To Think Of It

By David Ponce

It’s definitely a first world problem: being forced into an uncomfortable reading position on your bed due to your iPhone’s charging cable being too short. Pedestrian as it is, it’s a small problem that can easily be solved with the purchase of this $15 Curly Cable, which extends from 8 inches to 70 inches (20cm to 180cm).

The cable is currently on Kickstarter and had easily passed its funding threshold. And the $15 price will bump up to $30 if you wait to purchase this elsewhere.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Techcrunch Gadgets ]

Innergie’s Magic Cables Let You Declutter The Charging Mess Somewhat

By David Ponce

As much as the late Steve Jobs would have hated hearing this, there is a world outside of Apple. It happens that people own more than one mobile device, and sometimes that doesn’t mean two iPhones! And even though most of the world prepares to standardize mobile device charging connectors to microUSB, Apple is conspicuously absent from that list. So this means that for the foreseeable future, you might be stuck with several chargers. Cable clutter, friend. But with Innergie’s Magic Cable Duo or Trio, you can try to tidy things up a bit. The Duo features a USB connection on one side, and a microUSB and Apple dock on the other, while the Trio simply adds a miniUSB. They’re each nested within each other for a more elegant charging solution and prices start at $30.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Get Paid To Charge With The Sun

By David Ponce

There’s a green wave taking over the world, that’s undeniable. For good reason we suppose, though it’s also hard to deny that it’s taking quite some time to catch on. Solar charging for instance is but a tiny fraction of the ways in which we get our electronics replenished. There are many reasons for this, and we won’t get into them here. What’s important is that there are companies coming up with incentives constantly. Take the Changers charging kit as an example. It consists of a solar panel and a base station which contains a battery. Once that internal battery is full, you can use it to charge up your gadgets. It has enough juice for 2 iPhones, or another multiple of several USB rechargeable devices. But what’s more important than that is the social and monetary aspect.

With your permission, the Changers kit will Tweet and otherwise share your eco-behavior with your circles. It will also give you points for doing so. You can then exchange these points for… stuff. What exactly isn’t clear at this point.

The kit is $150 and is up for pre-order now with shipping starting on November 15.

[ Changers charging kit ] VIA [ Digital Trends ]